The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women awarded $1,000 scholarships to Ashley Garcell, Elba Garcia, and Isis Rollins of the Young Women’s Preparatory Academy during the June commission meeting.
The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women, created in 1971, holds a partnership with the magnet school to offer annual scholarships to alumni.
Ashley will be attending Florida State University; Isis will be attending the University of South Florida, and Elba will be attending the Honors College at Miami-Dade College. The scholarships were donated by North Miami Mayor Smith Joseph and a host of commissioners, including Barbara Jordan, Audrey Edmonson, Rebeca Sosa, Daniella Levine Cava, Dennis Moss, Javier Souto, Jose Diaz, and Former County Commissioner Bruno Barreir.
For information, call Laura Morilla at 305-375-4967.
2018 BOB NOVACK MUSIC AWARDS
Several Miami-Dade County music students were recognized as 2018 Bob Novack Music Award winners, sponsored by 1308 Productions, for their talent and dedication to music.
Bob Novack was a Florida-based musician that performed with famous bands like the Glenn Miller Band and led the Bob Novack Orchestra in South Florida for four decades. The organization, 1308 Productions, was created to honor talented music students in memory of Novack.
This year’s winners included Alyssa Gutierrez of Nautilus Middle School, and Kimberlee Cortiella and Aitor Cazalis of Ruth Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center. Alyssa was nominated by her music teacher, Ray Modia, and has been a vocalist in the school’s jazz band for three years. Kimberlee and Aitor were nominated by their teacher, Onil Rodriguez, and participate in their school’s music program as both musicians and mentors. Each winner received a $150 gift card, information about the award’s history, a trophy and certificate, and their names were inscribed on plaques and records.
The organization also gave special recognition and a $25 gift card to Nautilus Middle School students Amanda Oren-Rivas and Dario Curapic. Also, Kelmerz Jimenez of Miami Beach High School was awarded the $500 Carole Taran Award for Performing Arts.
“These awards are a great service to not only the recipients, but for all of our students,” said Miami Beach High School Principal Maria Rodriguez. “Students are inspired, and we are all appreciative of this kind of recognition that comes from outside of the school.”
BIG BROTHERS, BIG SISTERS OF GREATER MIAMI
The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami recently hosted their Miami Public Defender’s Summer Scholars Program to teach students about careers in the criminal justice system.
Scholars and mentors met at the Miami Public Defender’s Office early last week to participate in presentations taught by several speakers in the industry, including State Representative Kionne McGhee. Students also learned about getting involved in their local government and participated in a courtroom and therapeutic art sessions.
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Sheila Campbell, a secretary and treasurer at Miami MacArthur South High School, was honored as the Top Walker in the 100 Billion-Step Challenge, hosted by Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.
Cigna Health Insurance was contracted by MDCPS to host the challenge in hopes of encouraging employees to lead healthier lifestyles and cut back on health care costs.
Since March 1, participating MDCPS employees tracked their steps through the app Walkingspree. In total, Campbell achieved 1,871,443 steps and received an Apple Watch Series 3. Also, the Top Location was David Fairchild Elementary School with 18,854,221 steps, and the school received a breakfast recognition.
Registered participants each received a gym bag, infusion cup, lunch box, armband, water bottle, and towel.